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7 December 2016

posted 7 Dec 2016, 02:15 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Dec 2016, 02:25 ]
President Putin approves new Information Security Doctrine

President Vladimir Putin has approved a new Information Security Doctrine which is aimed at reinforcing the country's sovereignty, its territorial integrity, maintaining political and social stability, protecting human and civil rights and liberties, as well as crucial information infrastructure, according to the government's legal information website. The document states that information technologies have extended over the globe becoming an integral part of all spheres, in which individuals, societies and states are active. According to the new doctrine, the opportunities of cross-border circulation of data are increasingly used to achieve geopolitical, military and political (in contravention of international law), terrorist, extremist, and other illegitimate goals to the detriment of international security. [...]
Source: RAPSI [6 December 2016]

Human Rights Lawyers Discover 5 Cases of Russian Women Imprisoned for State Treason Related to Georgia

Lawyers at Team 29, a group of lawyers and journalists defending freedom of information in Russia, have discovered five cases of Russian women imprisoned on charges of treason for text messages they sent related to the Russian military and Georgia, Kommersant reported. They were all tried under Art. 275 of the Russian Criminal Code (state treason) in Krasnodar Territory in the south. [...]
Source: The Interpreter [6 December 2016]

Seven Years For An SMS: Activists Alarmed Over Southern Russia Treason Convictions

Oksana Sevastidi, a 46-year-old shopkeeper from the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, is serving a seven-year prison sentence for high treason. Although she was convicted and sentenced in March, Sevastidi's case only became widely known this month, after her desperate relatives contacted the Memorial human rights organization for help appealing the court's ruling. Even more alarmingly, human rights lawyers say, Sevastidi is just one of at least 10 people similarly charged and sentenced by a secret court in Russia's southern Krasnodar region. Sevastidi was convicted of sending two SMS messages in the first half of 2008 that the Russian government argued contained secret information about military movements in the direction of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia. Russia and Georgia fought a brief war over Abkhazia and a second Georgian region, South Ossetia, in August 2008, after which Moscow recognized both regions as independent. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [6 December 2016]